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Yorktown Sounds of Summer Concerts (formerly Shagging)
Thursdays through July 29 (except July 6)
“Yorktown Sounds of Summer Concerts” (formerly Shagging), 7 pm to 9:30 pm. We’ve got everyone’s Sounds of Summer here at Riverwalk Landing guaranteed to get you on your feet and swaying to the beat! See website for schedule.
Food & Wine Festival at Busch Gardens
Weekends, May 26 – July 2
A tasty adventure awaits culinary explorers at Busch Gardens® Food & Wine Festival. Busch Gardens invites guests to unleash their inner foodie with a variety of dishes and wines not normally served at the park.
Grace Church Summer Concert Series
Sundays through July 30
Well known musicians and bands perform each Sunday including contemporary and country music, bluegrass, classic rock, modern hits, jazz quartet, Celtic music, traditional barbershop melodies and more. Bring a blanket or lawn chair and pack a picnic supper. See website for schedule.
Spencer’s Ordinary Ceremony
The Williamsburg Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution will conduct a memorial service on June 26 in honor of the valiant Americans who gave their lives in the Battle of Spencer’s Ordinary on that day in 1781.
Speed and Innovation in the America’s Cup: Train like an America’s Cup Sailor
America’s Cup sailors are some of the world’s premier athletes. In order to power their amazing craft through the water, they must be in top physical form. In this family-friendly workshop, we’ll learn how these athletes stay in shape and try out some of the exercises they use to build muscle and endurance.
Crack the Code
Learn about real secret codes and ciphers used by George Washington and other leaders during the Revolution. Try your hand at “cracking the code” using the spy techniques you’ve learned. Geared for ages 8 and older.
Watermen’s Museum Presents Storytellers
Story tellers come together at the Yorktown Story Slam every fourth Monday of the month to share their true personal tales about a monthly theme.
Movies Under the Stars: Storks
Enjoy an outdoor movie under the stars! Bring lawn chairs, blankets and snacks. All ages welcome. Children 12 and younger must be accompanied by an adult. Movie subject to change. Weather permitting.
Join award winning fiddler, Master Mason, and official musician for Williamsburg Masonic Lodge number six, David Gardner for a fun-packed hour of music from an 18th-century Table lodge.
Karaoke in the Park
Sing the night away while enjoying the park! All ages welcome. 12 and younger must be accompanied by an adult. Weather permitting.
An Art Museum’s Mystery
Fridays through September 1
“Death of a Dreadful Docent” is a new case that will introduce you to Bart Belcher, the museum volunteer and donor that everyone hates and for which everyone has a motive! Join the team to solve fictitious crimes, including a murder.
All the President’s Music
Join balladeer Kent LaRue and Emmy Award-winning composer and violinist Wayne Hill for a delightful concert featuring the music and songs our Presidents enjoyed.
From Revolution to Restoration
What happened in Williamsburg after the Revolution? Discover how the town survived hard times until it was restored to its former glory in the early 20th century.
An All-American Tea
You’re invited to a very special tea with Christiana Campbell! Join Mrs. Campbell in a private dining room for an exclusive blend of tea as you dine on a special menu of muffins, scones, sandwiches, and other treats to share with your favorite doll.
Come Let’s Dance
Saturdays through July 8
Join us for an evening of colonial dance, “a most charming entertainment” very much enjoyed by colonial Virginians. Virginians hosted public and private balls and assemblies to be sociable, to celebrate an occasion, or just for fun.
Jefferson & Adams
July 1 & 2
The compelling story of Thomas Jefferson and John and Abigail Adams returns for two encore performances. This play’s popularity continues to grow as it returns each year to examine the beginnings of our American identity.
Photography Exhibit at the Gallery at York Hall
July through August
Come out to The Gallery at York Hall and enjoy beautiful and picturesque ‘Photography’ exhibit. In addition to the exhibit the Gallery will have a host of new and beautiful art, jewelry, pottery and much more for sale.
Fantastic Beasts: Let’s Go Find Them
June 19 – 26 (select dates)
Learn about magical beasts in art on this guided tour, then illustrate a book to take home with your fantastic discoveries. What sort of creatures were depicted during colonial times?
June 23 – 30 (select dates)
Juzo Itami’s rapturous “ramen western” returns to U.S. screens for the first time in decades, in a new 4K restoration.
Stream to Sea Stroll
Take this ranger guided adventure hiking from the forest to the shoreline to discover life in four aquatic communities within a mile and a half of each other.
SUPing Sisters is for ladies only! Sorry fellas!! We will meet every Monday at 6:00pm and paddle together for an hour and a half. Each week will be a different place to paddle and explore. This is a great way to work on your paddling technique and also to enjoy some company while paddling. This is NOT A LESSON so if you have never paddled before you will need to attend one of my paddle lessons before signing up for this event.
Live Music at Water Street Grille
June 3 – July 1 (select dates)
Enjoy your evenings with great, live music at the Water Street Grille throughout the month. Wednesday Nights, 7-10pm, Friday and Saturday Nights, 8-11pm. For schedule and details, call 757.369.5644 or visit the website.
Birds, Bugs, and Blooms: Observing the Natural World in the 18th Century
June 7 – 30
Explore the growth of interest in natural history during the 18th century through period illustrations. With the settlement of the New World, many Englishman and colonists became fascinated by the plants and animals that were native to the region.
Printed Fashions: Textiles for Clothing and Home
June 7 – 30
Colonial Williamsburg has not previously showcased its superlative collection of printed textiles that range in date from the late 17th century into the 19th century. With their stunning designs and bright colors, the objects in this exhibit will be a feast for the eyes.
Lock, Stock and Barrel
June 7 – 30
Lock, Stock, and Barrel is an early British weaponry exhibition at Colonial Williamsburg’s DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum. The exhibit features outstanding displays of military and civilian weapons exploring muzzle-loading firearms, ignition systems, and the evolution of the standing British infantry musket before 1800.
The World Made Small
June 7 – 30
Dollhouses are some of the most popular miniature versions of the real world. On view is a museum favorite–the enormous Long Island Dollhouse made around 1900 which is fully furnished.
Past Plantations Tour at York River State Park
Take a ride through the remains of Taskinas Plantation. Our staff archaeologist has made discoveries of forts, slave quarters, workshops, and relics of the colonial past.
Williamsburg Farmers Market
Stock up everything you need for your 4th of July barbecues! Over 40 vendors will bring meats, produce, mushrooms, flowers, artisan chocolate, cheese, honey, baked goods, peanuts and handmade soaps to the Williamsburg Farmers Market.
Yorktown Market Days
Saturdays through October (except for Oct 7)
Featuring over 35 local farmers, producers, vendors, and artists throughout the season, including a variety of homegrown favorites and local art. Delicious food, exciting entertainment, beautiful and inspiring artwork, and a view beyond compare. Weekly live music entertainment. Shoppers can enjoy the added bonus of watching local chefs demonstrate the preparation of various dishes on select Saturdays.
‘Stained Glass’ Exhibit at the Gallery at York Hall
Come and enjoy the ‘Stain Glass’ Exhibit at The Gallery at York Hall. You can relish in our revolving exhibit of fine art in all media by local artists for display and sale. See website for gallery hours.
Member Art Show at On the Hill Gallery
Saturdays through July 3
On the Hill Gallery members will host a “Blue” theme art show. The gallery will be filled with art media with variations of blues created by members.
Sunset Serenade Weekly Live Music
Fridays through September
Join friends on Friday nights in the garden of Colonial Williamsburg’s Chowning’s Tavern for Sunset Serenades, our weekly live music event featuring the best local folk, Americana, blues, and bluegrass bands. Good food, good friends, and colonial-style libations.
Printed, Painted, Stained and Dyed
Thursdays through June 29
Join a curator to learn about printed textiles for fashion and home on this interactive tour. How were printed fashions made in the 18th century? Discover some of the latest fashions for home back then.
Live Music at Yorktown Pub
Saturdays through July 1
Enjoy your evenings at the Yorktown Pub with live music and great food throughout the month. See website for a schedule.
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